Harvard Opts In to Opt Out Plan

Andy Guess, Inside Higher Ed, Feb 13, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Harvard Arts and Science faculty have voted to support open access publication of their finished academic papers. As Stevan Harnad notes, this is the world's 38th such mandate. The plan, which essentially grants the university a worldwide license to make each faculty member's works available free of charge, was supported unanimously by the staff. It includes an opt-out clause that must be explicitly invoked by staff members. So it falls short of mandating open access, but gives the university leave to make the program virtually universal. More coverage from the New York Times, Harvard Crimson.
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